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Better Garden Project Option

By admin On February 23, 2009 No Comments

A Few Good Reasons Why Container Flower Garden Is A Better Garden Project Option

For novice gardeners container flower garden can prove to be the ideal garden project choice as there is less need to worry about space and it is also conducive to the needs of a gardener that has minimal ambitions. If you are just getting started out on gardening then container flower gardens is the place to start as you can learn the art of proper gardening without being intimidated by having to deal with larger sized flower gardens.

The beauty of a container flower garden is that it lends it well for use in limited spaces and of course it also ensures that you don’t have to do too much maintenance either. How well your container flower garden turns out to be will of course depend on factors such as selecting appropriate sized containers, the most suitable  locations as well as right kind of soil as too fertilizers.

The most important aspect to succeeding with container flower gardens is to choose the proper size of containers which should be neither too small nor too big as you don’t want to end up with overcrowding the roots which will prevent the roots from getting the right amount of water and that in turn will prevent the flowers from growing properly.

Next, you need to ensure placing the container flower garden in the best location where there is adequate amount of sunlight as well as shade. There are certain species of plants that require direct sunlight and not much shade; so, makes sure that when placing your container flower garden to keep these factors in mind.

A container flower garden will only bloom if the plants are planted in soil that is fertile and rich and which also should not contain insects as well as organisms that can cause outbreak of disease in your plants. Ideally, the soil should have mild acidic pH and should hold water well and also provide the plants with adequate amounts of nutrients.

The craft of growing a good container flower garden is very enjoyable and this is why it is often preferred over the more traditional form of gardening. It makes for greater portability and space is often not a limiting factor and the joy of tending to a container flower garden makes it one of the best gardening project options.

Red and yellow and gold are the preferred flower colors that will help enhance your fall flower garden. In this regard choosing pansies is another good option as you will get a wonderful opportunity to display all the rainbow colors and in mild weather conditions these pansies will bloom for as many as six months which makes them an ideal choice.


Choosing Flowers For Next Year

By admin On November 25, 2008 No Comments

In case you did not know, choose late spring to plant the seeds of some easy to grow summer flowers. While on one hand the warmth of the soil promotes germination, the spring rains promote growth from the seedlings. Of the many annual summer flowers, the following are popular: Zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, petunias, bachelor buttons, balsam, alyssum, marigolds, vinca, poertuluca and lobelia.

If you want your summer flowers to grow abundantly, then make sure that they get good sunlight for at least six hours every day. Afternoon shade would be right for hot areas like Southwest and desert climate zones. Dig the soil for about six inches and use a shovel to turn it over. Then turn this mixture over with the soil. You must plant the tallest flower plants at the back followed subsequently by heights with the shortest in front. This would help the taller plants to lean against the wall and would never be inclined to put the smaller plants in the shadow.

Plant the tallest plants in the center. While pastels look wonderful, you could use as many colors as you like in your plants to make it look like a meadow. Throw in some white in between. Pick them up and throw in a bit of yellow randomly.

Birds and bugs take away a lot of your seeds. Water your seeds carefully. Water your plants only when it is dry and not because it is a matter of routine. Wait till at least 4 leaves have sprouted. The ideal distance between the plants should be 6, 12 and 18 inches for shorter, medium and taller flowers.

Can you imagine the more you pluck them, the more they blossom and this is the most wonderful part about summer flowers. From the point of view of the plant, the purpose of flowering is to spread seeds. When you remove flowers, the plant still blossoms. This time the flowers are not as gorgeous as the first one but lovely nevertheless. Expect a mind-boggling display all summer if you plant the seeds of the summer flowers late spring. Then dont forget your garden furniture to put the finishing touches to your dream garden.


Throughout The Summer Months

By admin On August 18, 2008 No Comments

If you want to plant the seeds of some easy summer flowers, plant them in late spring. Because the soil is warm, germination can take place while the spring rains set the seedlings on the move. Some of the popular summer flowers are Zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, petunias, bachelor buttons, balsam, alyssum, marigolds, vinca, poertuluca and lobelia.

Sunlight for at least six hours each day is needed for the summer flowers to grow profusely. Southwest and desert climate zones are hot areas. So the afternoon shade would be right. After you have dug the soil for about six inches deep, turn it over with a shovel. This is when you are preparing the soil. Turn over the soil with a mixture of compost, some rotten manure and fertilizer, following the package advice. You must plant the tallest flower plants at the back followed subsequently by heights with the shortest in front. Follow this pattern if the flower bed has a wall or fence behind it. This would help the taller plants to lean against the wall and would never be inclined to put the smaller plants in the shadow.

What is to be done when the flower bed is in the center? Plant the tallest plants in the center. Then plant the mid height plants followed by smallest and spreading flower plants in the outer ring. Put on your creative cap as you plant the flowers with a wild mixture of colors, much like what you see in meadows. You could also use some coordinated colors. Remember pastel shades look wonderful. Talking about colors, why not select two opposite and bright colors like red and blue? Fill in with lots of white or orange and purple with a lot of cream or white. You could always pick up various shades of blue and inject a bit of yellow here and there.

Planting seeds need to be done much more closely than the package suggests. This gives you extra seedlings as you lose some to the birds and bugs. This is followed by covering the seeds as directed and putting a layer of mulch on top. Water your seeds well. Excess water is as bad as no water. So do not water your plants routinely every day but only when they are dry. Before spacing your plants, wait till they have shown at least 4 true leaves after sprouting. 6, 12 and 18 inches for shorter, medium and taller flowers is the right distance to be maintained between the flowering plants.

Can you imagine the more you pluck them, the more they blossom and this is the most wonderful part about summer flowers. From the perspective of the plant, the primary and only purpose of a flower is to spread seeds for future. When this job is over, the plant would stop to bloom anymore. When you remove flowers, the plant still blossoms. The plant can be made to bloom the second time if after the first bloom you cut down the flowers by half. The flowers this time may not be as wonderful as they were the first time, but they would be lovely still. Late spring is the right time to plant seeds for summer flowers, if you want a magnificent display throughout the summer months.


Aspect Of Summer Flowers

By admin On July 22, 2008 No Comments

When you are thinking of growing some easy summer flowers, plant the seeds during late spring. The warm soil is good for germination and the spring rains bring about growth of the seedlings. To name only a few of the common annual summer flowers: Zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, petunias, bachelor buttons, balsam, alyssum, marigolds, vinca, poertuluca and lobelia.

If you want the summer flowers to bloom really well make sure that they get full sunshine for more than 6 hours in a day. Southwest and desert climate zones are hot areas. So the afternoon shade would be right. Take the help of the shovel to turn over the soil, after digging it down for about six inches. All this is to prepare the soil. According to directions mentioned in the package, mix some compost, rotten manure and fertilizer. Then turn this mixture over with the soil. You must plant the tallest flower plants at the back followed subsequently by heights with the shortest in front. Follow this pattern if the flower bed has a wall or fence behind it. The tall flowers then lean against the wall behind and would not put any shade over the small plants.

In case the flower bed is situated in the center of the yard, the pattern to be followed is the taller plants in the center followed by middle height plants. This should then be followed by the smaller plants which form the outermost ring. Let your imagination run wild when it is a matter of colors. To make it look like a meadow, plant several colors at once or use coordinated colors. Pastels look gorgeous. Talking about colors, why not select two opposite and bright colors like red and blue? Fill in with lots of white or orange and purple with a lot of cream or white. There are various colors all belonging to the blue family. Pick them up and throw in a bit of yellow randomly.

Birds and bugs take away a lot of your seeds. So planting has to be done much closer (3 times in fact) to each other as the instruction booklet says. Put a layer of mulch on top after you have covered the seeds as directed. Then water them well. Excess water is as bad as no water. So do not water your plants routinely every day but only when they are dry. Once the seeds have sprouted, do not start your thinning for spacing immediately. Wait till at least 4 leaves have sprouted. The perfect distance which should be kept between the flowers is shorter flowers 6 inches apart and medium around 12 inches, with taller ones about 18 inches.

The most magnificent aspect of summer flowers is that the more you pluck, the more they flourish. From the point of view of the plant, the purpose of flowering is to spread seeds. Once that purpose is served, the plant stops blooming but when you remove the flowers the plant continues to bloom. Once the first bloom is over, reduce the flowers in half. The plant would bloom a second time, except it would not be as flashy as the first bloom, though beautiful. Plant the seeds of summer flowers late spring, if you want to be assured of an amazing display all summer long.


Summer Flowers

By admin On July 11, 2008 No Comments

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